THE good work never stops for village volunteers.
Members of the Mothers’ Union’s Longhirst, Hebron, Bothal, Pegswood, Ulgham and Widdrington branch are always kept busy, with numerous projects on the go.
The Christian group has recently made up the latest batch of 150 hospital emergency toiletry bags for Wansbeck Hospital, which is done every three months, while 20 parcels have been sent to troops in Afghanistan as part of Operation Dolly Mixture — so called because all of the packs contain a bag of the sweets.
And in August the branch will complete a sponsored walk in aid of the Away From It All project, which provides holidays for families in need.
Other local work carried out by members includes helping in prisons, supporting women’s refuges, assisting hospitals and emergency relief, such as helping to support Morpeth flood victims.
Branch Leader Jenny Lee said: “We have a vibrant branch and are kept very busy with local projects.”
The global parent organisation is also involved in a variety of projects, from running small scale farming initiatives in Uganda to setting up family support groups in UK prisons.
Its literacy and development programme in Burundi, Malawi and Sudan celebrated its tenth anniversary last year and the group is consulted at a local, national and international level, most recently conducting an independent review on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood for the Government.
The villages’ branch meets on the third Tuesday of the month at St Margaret’s Hall, Pegswood, at 2pm.